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The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor

Edited by: Thomas M. Kitts , Nick Baxter-Moore

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138577565
eBook ISBN: 9781351266642
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351266642
 Cite  Marc Record

Book description

An essential part of human expression, humor plays a role in all forms of art, and humorous and comedic aspects have always been part of popular music. For the first time, The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor draws together scholarship exploring how the element of humor interacts with the artistic and social aspects of the musical experience. Discussing humor in popular music across eras from Tin Pan Alley to the present, and examining the role of humor in different musical genres, case studies of artists, and media forms, this volume is a groundbreaking collection that provides a go-to reference for scholars in music, popular culture, and media studies.

While most scholars, when considering humor?s place in popular music, tend to focus on more "literate" forms, the contributors in this collection seek to fill in the gaps by surveying all kinds of humor, critical theories, and popular musics. Across eight parts, the essays in this collection explore topics both highbrow and low, including:

  • Parody and satire
  • Humor in rock and global music
  • Gender, sexuality, and politics
  • The music mockumentary
  • Novelty songs

Humor has long been a fixture of the popular music soundscape, whether on stage, in performance, on record, or on film. The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Humor covers it all, presenting itself as the most comprehensive treatment of the topic to date.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Popular Music and Humor Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Humor in Early Twentieth-Century Sheet Music Download PDF
Chapter  3:  What Might Have Been Left Behind Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Jazz Humor from a Musical Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Rubes, Rednecks, and Novelty Songs Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Grumbly Grimblies, Frozen Dogs, and Other Boojums Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Clown Figure in 1970s Rock Music Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Humor in Metal Music Download PDF
Chapter  9:  “Anarchy in Woolworths” Download PDF
Chapter  10:  “Mommy’s Dead” Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Hip Hop’s Sophisticated Comedy Download PDF
Chapter  12:  “The Earth is doomed” Download PDF
Chapter  13:  From Kaiso to Get on Bad Download PDF
Chapter  14:  “Call de Contracta!” Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Play and Irony in the Kwaito Music of Postapartheid South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Humor in Ugandan Popular Music Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Absurdity and Nostalgia Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Negotiating Blackness in French Rural Spaces Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The “Sly Wit” of Chuck Berry Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The British Invasion of the Wild West Download PDF
Chapter  21:  “I never said I was tasteful” Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Randy Newman’s Satirical Vision and the Myth of America Download PDF
Chapter  23:  “You ain’t laughing, are you?” Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Coasters Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Lonnie Donegan Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Mountain Butterfly Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Wacky and Zany World of Flo & Eddie Download PDF
Chapter  28:  “Dare to be Stupid” Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Aquabats! Defeating Evil One Show at a Time! Download PDF
Chapter  30:  “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever” Download PDF
Chapter  31:  “We must be flipping out” Download PDF
Chapter  32:  All You Need Is Cash Download PDF
Chapter  33:  This Chapter Goes to Eleven Download PDF
Chapter  34:  “Goodnight to the Rock ’N’ Roll Era” Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Looking for the Joke with a Microscope Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Humor in the “Booty Video” Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Of Shreds, Spoofs, and Participatory Cultures Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Ethnic Parody in the Age of Fracture Download PDF
Chapter  39:  “Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster?” Download PDF
Chapter  40:  We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are Download PDF
Chapter  41:  From “Tsar Nikolai, Go F*ck Your Mother!” to “Putin, Go F*ck Yourself!” Download PDF
Chapter  42:  After the Laughter Download PDF
Chapter  43:  “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Coda Download PDF
Contributors Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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